For the African Penguin parenting is a serious task, both male and female must take turns to provide a constant supply of food to feed their chicks. As they grow their appearance changes from cute fluffball through a period of looking quite seedy as their chick down is gradually replaced by sleek gray/blue feathers. They fledge within 60 – 120 days and leave the colony to make it on their own, spending a period of between twelve and twenty-two months out at sea before returning to their natal colony to molt into their adult plumage.
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